The background story behind this collection is similar to the one I previously posted in The Internet Archive (The Vegas Tapes at https://archive.org/details/TheVegasTapes), only this time its primarily surrounding one of Los Angeles’ legendary radio personalities known as Sweet Dick Whittington.
In early 1978, before I seriously got into recording material that would end up as The Vegas Tapes, my radio recording habit largely started with Sweet Dick Whittington during his days as the morning disc jockey for the radio station KGIL-AM. The station was based in Northridge, CA and broadcasted all over the San Fernando Valley, but not so much into the L. A. basin due to its limited signal.
To make a long story short, I became a quick fan of Sweet Dick thanks to his goofy sense of humor and warm personality and I managed to record some moments of his radio show during the summer of 1978 when school was out. Unlike my KDWN tapes, the radio reception was MUCH clearer. The ‘raw’ part of the title is not referring to the material, but to the unedited moments, the condition of the tapes themselves and the poor battered machine I recorded these moments on.
Only two of the original three Sweet Dick tapes managed to survive and this is what you’ll hear, sound of melting metallic information on the tapes included.
To make this thing more “personal”, part 5 are moments from my actual boring childhood; locked away in my room with my old Sears boom box. There are small moments of Sweet Dick on this side, but it’s just me, the music and radio of the times and parts of my then-bubbling Vegas obsession.
For a much longer version of these liner notes and information on Sweet Dick Whittington and his current whereabouts, check my unofficial SDW site at: http://donosdump.com/sweetdick/index.html